3rd GRADERS SHOW THEIR APPRECIATION OF
IDRIES SHAH'S FATIMA THE SPINNER AND THE TENT
Mrs. Esparza's 3rd grade students in San Jose California wrote letters of appreciation for the gift of books over the holidays. It's easy to tell they all loved the story of Fatima the Spinner and the Tent by Idries Shah. Some even drew pictures even though it was supposed to be a “letter-writing” lesson — the illustrations were just too powerful to resist! These books were part of 5400 books given this past holiday season to the Alum Rock Unified School District in San Jose CA . This is the 10th year that Alum Rock has received books thanks to all our supporters.
I HAVE A DREAM
Program in Boulder Receives More Books
The I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County (Colorado) again received 720 Hoopoe books in January 2018, thanks to Susan Josephs and other volunteers in Colorado. The children, who participate in this program beginning in first grade and continuing until they finish high school, were given copies of the English-Spanish editions of Idries Shah's Boy Without a Name and Fatima the Spinner and the Tent. Alex Nelson, the Director of Academic Programs at IHAD, sent drawings and "thanks" from children and he writes:
"Thank you so much for your and Hoopoe's continued support of the 'I Have A Dream' Foundation and our Dreamers. Whether it's the books or the training you provide for our staff it always makes a big difference..."
I Have A Dream of Boulder County (IHAD) is an international non-profit education organization that provides after-school and summer programs to financially disadvantaged children. Hoopoe Book’s Share Literacy program has donated thousands of books to IHAD over several years.
The 2017 Holiday Program
26,700 children will receive a book each for the 2017 Holiday Season and into the New Year. Three titles by Idries Shah were selected: an English edition of The Man and the Fox, and English-only and bilingual Spanish-English editions of The Boy Without a Name and Fatima the Spinner and the Tent.
Share Literacy volunteers Shane de Haven, Jonathan Ott and David Sassen Esq., get to work moving 7,000 books destined for Bay Area organizations. Our volunteer chapters in MD, MA and NY will be arranging deliveries and distribution locally as well.
Happy Readers in Worcester, Massachusetts
Children in the Grafton Street School in Worcester, Massachusetts received free Hoopoe books. Principal Tina A. Schirner commented: “The children are excited to bring a new book home.” Hoopoe books are very often the first book these children own.
HEART OF AMERICA ORGANIZATION RECEIVES 1200 IDRIES SHAH BOOKS
Thanks to the Share Literacy DC Chapter, the Heart of America Foundation of Landover, MD, has received Hoopoe books for several years. The Foundation has been serving children in need for more than 20 years and has a successful literacy program.
Here’s a photo of a very happy Vernon Lenora of HOA receiving 800 THE LION WHO SAW HIMSELF IN THE WATER and 400 THE FARMER’S WIFE books this Spring.
PARTNERS IN LITERACY OF DENVER RECEIVE 260 BOOKS FROM DC & COLORADO CHAPTERS
Julie Neitz Wielga of Partners in Literacy in Denver, CO, sent some photos and expressed their gratitude for the books they received from Share Literacy for their program. She writes:
“Thanks very much!! These photos are taken at Roots Elementary...which serves economically disadvantaged kids in a Denver neighborhood. The 45 adult volunteers at Roots read once a week with their “buddies” [about 50 kids]. At the end of the year, we invite the adults to come to breakfast with their buddies. This year we gave each adult volunteer the 2 Hoopoe books to give to their buddies. Then of course the kids took the books home. It was a great ending to a year of shared reading.”
SHARE LITERACY AGAIN PROVIDES BOOKS TO COLORADO ORG.
I Have A Dream of Boulder County (IHAD) is an international non-profit education organization that provides after school and summer programs to financially disadvantaged children. IHAD begins at the end of first grade and continues to support students daily until they graduate from high school. The program provides tutors, mentors, volunteers, homework help, academics, arts, cultural and sports programs for students. IHAD Boulder County, currently working with 532 Dreamers, prepares them to be the first generation in their families to graduate from college. A $10,000 scholarship is provided to each Dreamer when entering college.
The photos above show “Dreamers” reading Idries Shah'sThe Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water and The Farmer’s Wife in the lounge of the I Have A Dream site at the housing project where their IHAD program is situated. This is the newest class of Dreamers, and their class is called the Elk Class.
Share Literacy has provided hundreds of copies of Hoopoe Books to many different Dreamer classes over the years. Share Literacy recently donated copies of the All About Me series from Hoopoe Books.
In the picture above, a small group in the IHAD Aspen Class in Longmont, Colorado, works with the book Me and My Feelings donated in April by Share Literacy.
THANKS TO MANY VOLUNTEERS, OVER 18,500 CHILDREN HAVE RECEIVED BOOKS IN USA IN 2017
Thanks to our Supporters and to our Volunteers, this year, so far, well over 18,500 kids have received their very own copy of a beautiful Hoopoe book to take home. In addition, ICE, our Canadian affiliate, is giving out over 12,600 books. This year, our USA Chapters have supplied books to more than 40 schools and other organizations serving at-risk and disadvantaged families. And many of these organizations have received books from us for many, many years.
Chapters in MA, DC and CA are distributing books to classrooms and children’s charities with some amazing feedback.
“The first graders in Mrs. Arisco's class would like to thank you for the wonderful books that you donated to them. I've attached an image of them right before we opened the books up to read them. They were extremely excited to have a new book that they could take home and enjoy with their families.” –Mrs. Arisco (Teacher), Union Hill School, MA
Enjoy this slide show of other photos from our Massachusetts Chapter:
A volunteer in New York sent us many photos of school children with their books. To view, click here.
Volunteers in DC Chapter sent these photos of students enjoying their books in the Montgomery Knolls Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD.
ALUM ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT IN SAN JOSE AGAIN RECIEVES OVER 4800 BOOKS
Since 2008, teachers and students in San Jose CA's Alum Rock School District have shown their overwhelming gratitude for the books donated each year.
THE CARDS & LETTERS KEEP COMING...
Below are some examples of letters and drawings from Thos. Ryan Elementary School, Alum Rock School District, San Jose, CA:
“I love the book The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water because the lion remindes me of my Dad when he wakes up when...his hair is puffy like a lions. I also like the book because when my pet iguana died i read the book and it cheared me up...” –3rd grade student at Ryan Elementary School, San Jose CA
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